December 26, 2005 Subject:
Nice message but dry traffic footage
The majority of this footage is of traffic jams. There are nice shots of old buses and trolleys. The worst thing is that every other sentence of the narration is cut off because the print was evidently butchered.
September 23, 2004 Subject:
Wouldn't You Really Rather Ride a Bus?
This 50s film, amazingly enough, promotes better public transportation rather than better roads, more parking, and cars, cars, and more cars. ItÂs a valid messageÂÂtoo bad nobody listened to it. This is a great film to contrast with The Dynamic American City, or Freedom of the American Road. ItÂs also a good film to see lots of big ugly 50s cars, as well as buses, trolleys, and streetcars.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
September 22, 2003 Subject:
Very smooth and entertaining look at the urban sprawl problem. And, in an interesting comparison to 'Give Yourself The Green Light', this film advoacates more public transit as being the more feasible option (which is so true). Quite an entertaining beginning, with how traffic all got started, and where we are today. The film suggests more busses, cable cars and subways as viable options of moving people around. This film is FILLED with great camera angles (watch how a cable car turns and misses the camera by THIS much). The only unfortunate problem with this is, it's spliced to hell. :( But still, this is highly reccomended viewing.